With the transfer window shut, one lingering feeling United fans would have would be none other than the possibility for Fergie's prodigal child - Cristiano Ronaldo's imminent return to Old Trafford next year.
Sources from the Guardian confirmed that CR7 wants to end his career at United and that the main question now would be how long would he be able to contribute to the team if he does return to United.
While contract talks with Real seems to have met a dead end, Old Trafford hopefuls will definitely hope that 2014 will be the year Ronaldo finally returns to Manchester.
However, by then, Ronaldo will be 30-years-old and that his body might only be able to give United another good 2-3 more seasons.
As a result, although it may sound good on paper, his return will only mean the team having to cope without Ronaldo once more when he retires probably at the age of 34 or 35. By then, he may have lost his goalscoring prowess as well.
As a result, Ronaldo's return should be in 2014. Having him here from 2015 onwards will only sound good on paper but not for the team's future. Manchester United doesn't have the habit to resign a sold player(especially one whose career is coming to an end) and that unless Ronaldo does come in as a free agent, it may be worthwhile to have him on the squad.
Otherwise, a transfer in 2014 at 60 million pounds may not be possible at all. Even RvP with his golden boot only cost United 20-25 million at his age.
In the end, it's all about trying to get the most out of a player. Ronaldo's career is coming to an end-probably in 6-7 more years.
If he wants to return to United, he should stop wasting his time at Madrid and just move on already. Let his feelings and intentions be heard so Ed Woodward can finally show he could be useful in the transfer window.
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